History Music / TheWho

13th Jul '17 9:04:27 AM TrippyDippy
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You can now vote for your favourite Who album [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/Sandbox/BestAlbumTheWho HERE!]]
26th Jun '17 4:01:50 PM avk2
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Their first breakthrough was the 1967 ConceptAlbum ''Music/TheWhoSellOut'', which included their first Top 40 hit in the US, "I Can See for Miles". That plus their appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival marked their breakthrough in the US. In 1968, Townshend became a convert to the teachings of Meher Baba, an Indian guru who preached a gospel of love, pantheism, and music as the key to understanding the universe. Inspired by his new religion, and the rejection of psychedelic drugs that it called for, Townshend wrote what many consider the Who's best -- the famous RockOpera ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' in 1969, about a deaf, dumb and blind kid who sure plays a mean pinball. The tour in support of this album, which took the band to Film/{{Woodstock}} and often featured them performing ''Tommy'' in its entirety, established them as one of the most dynamic and exciting live acts of their day. Around this time Townshend conceived an epic project called ''Lifehouse'', a story set in a CrapsackWorld led by an authoritarian government in which hundreds of people gather at a concert and ascend to a higher plane of existence through ThePowerOfRock. However he over-exerted himself this time, and the absence of manager / co-producer Kit Lambert (who convinced the band about the ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' concept) to explain just what the fuck Pete wanted killed the project until it resurfaced as a Townshend solo album in 2000. Instead, The Who regrouped in 1971 with producer Glyn Johns and [[RecycledSoundtrack reworked the songs written for Lifehouse]] to produce ''Music/WhosNext''. ''Who's Next'' reached #1 on the UK charts, #4 in the USA, was critically acclaimed and contains some of their best-known songs: "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Baba O'Riley" and "Behind Blue Eyes".

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Their first breakthrough was the 1967 ConceptAlbum ''Music/TheWhoSellOut'', which included their first Top 40 10 hit in the US, "I Can See for Miles". That plus their appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival marked their breakthrough in the US. In 1968, Townshend became a convert to the teachings of Meher Baba, an Indian guru who preached a gospel of love, pantheism, and music as the key to understanding the universe. Inspired by his new religion, and the rejection of psychedelic drugs that it called for, Townshend wrote what many consider the Who's best -- the famous RockOpera ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' in 1969, about a deaf, dumb and blind kid who sure plays a mean pinball. The tour in support of this album, which took the band to Film/{{Woodstock}} and often featured them performing ''Tommy'' in its entirety, established them as one of the most dynamic and exciting live acts of their day. Around this time Townshend conceived an epic project called ''Lifehouse'', a story set in a CrapsackWorld led by an authoritarian government in which hundreds of people gather at a concert and ascend to a higher plane of existence through ThePowerOfRock. However he over-exerted himself this time, and the absence of manager / co-producer Kit Lambert (who convinced the band about the ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' concept) to explain just what the fuck Pete wanted killed the project until it resurfaced as a Townshend solo album in 2000. Instead, The Who regrouped in 1971 with producer Glyn Johns and [[RecycledSoundtrack reworked the songs written for Lifehouse]] to produce ''Music/WhosNext''. ''Who's Next'' reached #1 on the UK charts, #4 in the USA, was critically acclaimed and contains some of their best-known songs: "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Baba O'Riley" and "Behind Blue Eyes".
27th Apr '17 7:39:28 AM NWolfman
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** Daltrey was once quoted as saying that Moon was such an eccentric and extreme prankster that when they attended his funeral, they genuinely expected him to [[FakingTheDead pop out of the coffin and yell "Haha! Fooled you all!"]]
4th Apr '17 10:38:02 AM eroock
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[[caption-width-right:350: The Who during their heyday. From left to right: John Entwistle, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon and Pete Townshend.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: The [[caption-width-right:350:[-The Who during their heyday. From left to right: John Entwistle, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon and Pete Townshend.]]
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4th Apr '17 10:37:43 AM eroock
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-->--"5:15"

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-->--"5:15"
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-->--"Baba O'Riley"

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-->--"Baba -->-- "Baba O'Riley"
2nd Apr '17 9:12:09 AM NWolfman
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* PunkRock: Along with Music/TheVelvetUnderground, they're considered the forerunners of the genre.
31st Mar '17 10:48:20 AM Asbduhas
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The Who has also made an appearance in ''VideoGame/RockBand'': "Won't Get Fooled Again" in the first game, "Pinball Wizard" in the second, "I Can See for Miles" in the third, plus 20 [[DownloadableContent downloadable songs]]. For the announcement of Rock Band 2 at E3 they even held a concert in promotion for it. Not to mention their entire performance at the 2010 Super Bowl is available for download.

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The Who has also made an appearance in ''VideoGame/RockBand'': "Won't Get Fooled Again" in the first game, "Pinball Wizard" in the second, "I Can See for Miles" in the third, "The Seeker" in the fourth[[note]]This makes them the only band to have an on-disc song in each numbered entry of the series[[/note]], plus 20 [[DownloadableContent downloadable songs]]. For the announcement of Rock Band 2 at E3 they even held a concert in promotion for it. Not to mention their entire performance at the 2010 Super Bowl is available for download.
27th Mar '17 7:58:49 AM YellowLab
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* TheNapoleon: Roger Daltrey is the shortest member of the group, and reports of his height vary between 5'5 (165 cm) and 5'7 (170 cm), which is quite short for British standards. In the band's early days, he was known for being a self-proclaimed fighter and for having a very dominant role within the band, often getting into fist fights with the others to solve disputes. He calmed down a lot between the release of "The Who Sell Out" and "Tommy", though. But he remained a tough, assertive person and you still had to be careful what you said around him.

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* TheNapoleon: Roger Daltrey is the shortest member of the group, and reports of his height vary between 5'5 (165 cm) and 5'7 (170 cm), which is quite short for British standards. In the band's early days, he was known for being a self-proclaimed fighter and for having a very dominant role within the band, often getting into fist fights with the others to solve disputes. He calmed down a lot between the release of "The Who Sell Out" and "Tommy", though. But but he remained a tough, assertive person and you still had to be careful with what you said around him.



* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Zig-zagged with John Entwistle. He is widely admired by fans, critics and bandmates alike for his bass playing skills, but he was also often completely ignored by the camera's during live shows and was rarely asked questions during interviews.

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* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Zig-zagged with John Entwistle. He is widely admired by fans, critics and bandmates alike for his bass playing skills, but skills. Plenty of people even consider him one of the best bass players of all time. But he was also often completely ignored by the camera's during live shows and was rarely asked questions during interviews.


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** Pete's voice has also changed in a similar fashion. It used to be really high and light, but it has become a lot lower and rougher over the years.
25th Mar '17 8:34:15 PM NWolfman
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*** Pete alluded to this on the band's 2006 album ''Endless Wire'' with the song "Mike Post Theme," which doubles as a ShoutOut to the legendary composer for crime-based TV shows.
19th Feb '17 11:49:19 PM bt8257
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After a quick break, The Who recorded another ConceptAlbum / RockOpera, this time about a mentally ill teenager named Jimmy and his conflicts with his family and friends during the height of the mods-rockers conflict in the 1960's. Named ''Music/{{Quadrophenia}}'', it was released in 1973 to critical acclaim, and spawned another hit with the ballad "Love, Reign O'er Me". During the supporting tour, which proved less impressive than the ''Tommy'' tour due to an increased reliance on then-primitive synthesizers and backing tapes, a famous incident occurred on 20 November 1973 in San Francisco, when Keith Moon passed out twice during the performance due to tranquilizers (the put to sleep large animals kind of tranquilizers), the first time returning after a half-hour delay, and the second time he was carried off. After playing "See Me, Feel Me" with Daltrey on tambourine, Townshend asked "Can anybody play the drums? I mean someone good!" An audience member, Scot Halpin, filled in for the three-song encore and did a pretty good job. When interviewed by ''Rolling Stone'', he noted: "I only played three numbers and I was dead".

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After a quick break, The Who recorded another ConceptAlbum / RockOpera, ConceptAlbum[=/=]RockOpera, this time about a mentally ill teenager named Jimmy and his conflicts with his family and friends during the height of the mods-rockers conflict in the 1960's. Named ''Music/{{Quadrophenia}}'', it was released in 1973 to critical acclaim, and spawned another hit with the ballad "Love, Reign O'er Me". During the supporting tour, which proved less impressive than the ''Tommy'' tour due to an increased reliance on then-primitive synthesizers and backing tapes, a famous incident occurred on 20 November 1973 in San Francisco, when Keith Moon passed out twice during the performance due to tranquilizers (the put to sleep large animals kind of tranquilizers), the first time returning after a half-hour delay, and the second time he was carried off. After playing "See Me, Feel Me" with Daltrey on tambourine, Townshend asked "Can anybody play the drums? I mean someone good!" An audience member, Scot Halpin, filled in for the three-song encore and did a pretty good job. When interviewed by ''Rolling Stone'', he noted: "I only played three numbers and I was dead".
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